Re: Great packages from Bluegrass . . .
No doubt someone had some overpopulated hives that had become swarmy, then shook them down without noticing the presence of recent cell hatching, it can happen to the best of package producers on occasion. Apparently after they were hived the mated queens either swarmed out or were killed by the virgins. It all squares with what Dean saw a day later as newly hived bees will go in search of queen pheromone somewhere so the result is a virgin with just a handfull of remaining bees. BTW leaving nurse bees in a caged queen in a package is a really poor practice.
Originally Posted by xcugat
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